Photos: Hampton Roads gets another winter blast

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:59 AM

NORFOLK - The second snowfall of the week has hit Virginia and North Carolina.

Unlike Thursday's flurries, Friday's storm hit with a vengeance just before the afternoon rush hour. 

By 7 p.m. most areas had received one to two inches of snow, with a few isolated areas getting 3 inches, according to 13News Meteorologist Jeff Lawson.

Light snow began falling over much of the peninsula and interior southside Friday evening. 

The rest of the viewing area is seeing light to moderate snow, which will end in the next hour or two.

Because of the storm's timing - mid-to-late afternoon - many school districts in Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina dismissed early to ensure students get home safely.

Many people were at hardware stores picking up bags of salt and items like shovels so they'd be prepared. 

Lawson says there could be some mixed precipitation and areas that get it may have icing problems tonight.

Ahead of this snowfall, many cities had put down a brine to help keep ice from forming on roads. Most of the interstates and primary routes were pre-treated as well.  

“VDOT crews will be working around the clock to treat and clear roadways,” said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley.

Police remind drivers to slow down and recommend keeping at least five seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid being in an accident.

The precipitation should end Friday night. If you need to get on the roads Saturday morning, VDOT suggests you delay your departure, if you can, until temperatures have risen.

For the weekend, the high temperature should be close to 40 degrees.

In North Carolina, snow began falling around 8:00 a.m. in the Boone area. Forecasters say up to 4 inches of snow is possible at the higher elevations with an inch or two of snow and sleet elsewhere.

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